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March 18 Briefing – Health IT: The Intersection of Legislation & Regulation

Health IT: The Intersection of Legislation & Regulation 
Wednesday, March 18th 
The Health IT Now Coalition invites you to join us for a briefing luncheon that will discuss the importance of health IT and the need for a more clearly defined regulatory pathway. Health IT is critical to providing the best care to today’s patients and lowering health care costs. Lunch will be served.

Health IT Innovation is Moving Full Speed Ahead – Don’t Pump the Brakes

High speed broadband is transforming health care delivery and the ongoing revolution in the mobile-health marketplace.  Consumers are benefiting from new technologies and innovations and this exciting trend will only slow if unwarranted regulations do not allow these burgeoning market to evolve.

Data-Driven Medicine in the Age of Genomics Conference

Last month, Health IT Now and the Center for Data Innovation hosted a day-long conference to discuss the future of data-driven medicine and research. Watch the full event here:

 

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What is Information Blocking?

Cromnibus

The massive 701 page government spending bill that was signed into law last month includes a section that funds ONC operations at $60 million. Also tucked away in the explanatory statement that accompanies the Cromnibus and outlines the measures in plain English are instructions on interoperability and information blocking.

Telemedicine Holds Promise for Veterans with PTSD

According to a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry, using interactive video services to deliver care to rural veterans suffering from PTSD is at least equivalent to in-person care and can actually improve outcomes. Patients who received their care via telemedicine versus in-person had significantly larger decreases in Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale scores at both six and twelve months.

December 11th: Data-Driven Medicine in the Age of Genomics

Health IT Now and the Center for Data Innovation are hosting a day-long conference, Data-Driven Medicine in the Age of Genomics.

The conference will occur on Thursday, December 11th with a kick-off reception the evening before on Wednesday, December 10th.

View the full invitation and the complete conference agenda.

Health IT Top Challenge for Fiscal Year 2014, According to HHS

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report entitled Fiscal Year 2014 Top Management and Performance Challenges Identified by the Office of the Inspector General. Top among the list of top challenges is the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic health information.

AMA-Backed FSMB Interstate Licensure Compact Still Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Last week, the American Medical Association formally announced their support for the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Interstate Licensure Compact for Telemedicine. To borrow the famous quote from baseball great Yogi Berra, we’re feeling a bit like it’s “déjà vu, all over again” here at Health IT Now.

VA Reform Bill Includes Telemedicine

Today the House Veterans Affairs Committee reached a deal on the VA reform bill. Health IT Now’s Senior Policy Council, James Turner commented on the subject:
 “Health IT Now applauds the House Veterans Affairs Committee for including telemedicine at the core of the VA reform bill. They understand the potential to decrease wait times, improve care, and decrease cost.

Meaningful Use should not be delayed – but if it must, an opportunity to improve

On Monday night, the Health IT Now Coalition submitted comments for the record on the decision to delay the time frame for CMS and ONC’s Meaningful Use program. By extending Stage 2 and delaying Stage 3, we aren’t moving the needle for patients who are seeking improved access to care and decreased costs.

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